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Find the mind’s construction in the face: an exhibition of life and death masks

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:28:43 +0000

I have to admit that this was my first visit to the UCL Art Museum. After walking past it twice, I finally stumbled across the entrance to this carnivalesque little treasure trove and almost immediately part of me wished I hadn’t. Surrounded by rows of the plaster life and death masks of poets and murderers, [...]

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Flickering, lost, forgotten: London’s silent picture palaces

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:50:10 +0000

Will you come with me to a talkie to-day? During my second film event of the UCL Festival of the Arts in two days, I was transported back to the origins of cinema in London’s ‘filmland’.  From the bright lights of Leicester Square to the back alleys of Soho, our group of fifteen retraced the steps [...]

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Music revolution! Mozart. Rossini. Whatever next?

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:10:15 +0000

After learning about the unity that could be achieved at the opera at my last UCL Festival of the Arts event, I was keen to actually experience an aria or two and learn more about the art form that had so compelled Nietzsche. I was in luck. Will Bowers (UCL English), dressed in two-tone brogues and [...]

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This is Where We Came in: Memories of 60s Cinema-Going

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:05:51 +0000

An acre of seats in the garden of dreams. Trips to the big screen are often some of our fondest childhood memories. So it was no surprise that the first UCL Festival of the Arts film event was a popular one as we spent a nostalgic hour reconstructing the space of 1960s cinema in Britain through the memories of [...]

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You Must Read This Book!

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:41:28 +0000

Everybody has a favourite book, something that you return to time and time again. It might be a dog-eared copy of Lord of the Rings, a well-thumbed version of Pride and Prejudice or my personal favourite, To Kill a Mockingbird. These are all pretty popular ‘favourite’ books – making regular appearances on must read lists [...]

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Auschwitz revisited?

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:19:56 +0000

Written by Phil Leask, Honorary Research Associate in UCL SELCS (UCL German) The Auschwitz story – murder on a vast scale, planned, programmed, administered and executed by the Nazis in accordance with an ideology – is too terrible, requiring only homage, beyond the bounds of revisiting, reinterpreting and coolly analysing. Or is it? That was the [...]

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Philosophy and theatre

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:01:38 +0000

Forty minutes into Tom Stern’s (UCL Philosophy) UCL Festival of the Arts lecture he had the audience humming a drone-like melody and clapping their hands in time. A 12-strong tragic chorus concealed their faces with masks and turned to the stage as two volunteers recited the opening lines of Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex. CREON: Before you [...]

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An appointment with Dante

Fri, 30 May 2014 12:19:06 +0000

Into the spirals of UCL Roberts building I descended. My second UCL Festival of the Arts event was an hour of getting to grips with 13th century epic-supremo – il sommo Poeta – Dante Alighieri. Professor John Took’s (UCL School of European Languages Culture and Society) profound love and passion for this subject seeped through [...]

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Subtitles, Surtitles & Supertitles

Fri, 30 May 2014 10:46:12 +0000

Subtitled films and programmes used to be the preserve of art house cinemas or specialist TV channels, whilst English speaking versions of popular foreign shows would be commissioned to fill prime-time slots. And although English speaking recreations are still being commissioned, we are now much more likely to catch the original, in all its subtitled [...]

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Pain, pleasure and the capacity to relate

Fri, 30 May 2014 10:02:57 +0000

My first UCL Festival of the Arts lecture began with Tim Matthews (UCL French) and Juliet Mitchell (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) discussing the relationship between art and psychoanalysis. Mitchell, a well-known figure in literary criticism and psychoanalysis, has written on sexual difference, hysteria and siblings. Matthews’s work currently focuses on the work of Swiss [...]

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